Had Wicomico High (Md.) senior Josh White played his entire career on the offensive line, there's little doubt he would have received increased recruiting interest. But as it turns out, other schools' loss could turn out to be Syracuse's gain.
White, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound Cuse commit, switched from the defensive side of the ball to offensive tackle, and was beginning to see increasing interest from schools like Boston College and UConn when he decided to make his commitment to Syracuse.
"I got along with the coaching staff really well, and they had the same vision I had of winning the Big East and going to the national championship game," White says.
While that seems like quite an ambitious goal, White's not one to shrink away from hard work. He possesses a 3.8 GPA and plans to major in sports broadcasting.
"He's the total package," Wicomico coach David Nettles said.
He will head to Syracuse this summer, along with his cousin, high-school teammate and future Syracuse teammate Jamere Knox, a gifted running back.
"We hang out every weekend, my cousin and me. We're both excited about getting together for the next four years and doing some big things at Syracuse."
White plans to put on another 15 pounds of muscle by the start of next season with the hopes of earning early playing time. He's not afraid to mix it up ("On the field, I'm aggressive," he said) but his biggest strength lies in his agility.
"He has a quickness that's amazing. He has very good feet for an offensive lineman," Wicomico coach Nettles said of White, a first-team all-state selection. "He's a very slim 300 pounds."
"He's the real deal."